The Altissa Box of 1951 is one of Eho-Altissa's characteristic line of box cameras. It was launched one year before the company became the state-owned VEB Altissa Camera Werk. Two flat knobs below the lens are the controls for aperture and shutter mode. The camera has shutter speeds 'B' and 1/25 second, and apertures f/8 and f/16. The Altissar Periskop f/8 lens is (as the name suggests) a periscopic lens; a symmetrical pair of meniscus lens elements, with the iris and shutter placed in between. The camera construction is more handsome than many average boxes. The camera has a large telescopic viewfinder.